League Unveils New Play in Scrimmages
When the Alliance of American Football removed the kickoff from their version of the game completely, one of the questions many had was what would happen to the onside kick? Now we know.
Instead of an onside kick, the “kicking” team will have a shot to convert a fourth down from their own 28-yard line. A 4th and 12 to be exact. Convert, and you keep the drive alive. Fail and your opponent gets great field position.
In the Apollos scrimmage against the Fleet, San Diego attempted two conversions, and went 1-2, narrowly missing the second attempt. “How much better is that,” said Fleet QB Mike Bercovici in a league article. “To give your quarterback and offensive line an opportunity to get their ball in their hands? You can do tons of different things to catch a defense off-guard on a 4th-and-12.”
It will be interesting to see how teams utilize the conversion play. Risky teams may use it to keep momentum alive and go on a run, while more conservative teams will likely keep the play for when it’s needed. Either way, it makes for way more exciting football.